The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate

Gerhard Fischer, DPI
Laura Koebel, Plymouth High School
 Plymouth High School. Started in 2010.
 Wanted a way to recognize students who were
interested in global issues and deliberately
participated in classes and activities with global focus
Inspired by University School of Milwaukee and UWMadison’s Global Cultures Certificate
Used existing classes and clubs to develop certificate
Searched area resources for cultural events
This Plymouth High School certificate has the same
basic requirements as the Wisconsin GEAC.
 Strengthen world language education. Wisconsin,
national, international world language education
requirements. Are we good enough?
 How can we make sure that global education is
embedded in all curricular areas? (examples here)
 How are school culture, community expectations, and
career demands related?
 Will we get to the point of 100% enrollment in WL
 Global Scholars are globally competent students as
defined by the Council of Chief State School Officers
 Global Competence is the capacity and disposition to
understand and act on issues of global significance.
 In: Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth
to Engage the World.
 First Globals tend to be much more open to diversity
and a global world view than older Americans or young
people their age decades ago:
 “They want a foreign policy as inclusive and embracive as
they are. They expect impediments to trade to be
removed so they can shop anywhere, and they want
developing countries and their peoples protected from
predatory multinational corporations and fiscal policies
that hold the world’s poorest people ransom. For First
Globals, the American Century is already over and the
Whole Earth Century has begun.” (John Zogby 2008)
 Wisconsin’s First Globals are in our schools right now.
They are not identified as a group, but they have
shared interests:
 “I learned about the new Wisconsin Global Education
Achievement Certificate [and] jumped at the
opportunity to pursue it. It is something that would
give me an identity within the school, and it would not
even require additional courses.”
Madison West High School Student in an e-mail to her principal. The principal called her to his office
and discussed the GEAC with her.
 UW Madison, February 2013
 Video
 Oregon High School, December 14, 2013
 UW Milwaukee, February 2014
 Focuses and validates the excellent global education
learning opportunities already in place in most school
 Encourages students to enroll in classes with global
content in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
 Prepares globally competent students who are career
ready in Wisconsin and beyond.
 The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate Policy
 A
Coursework in a world language (4 credits) and other
courses with strong global implications and analyses.
Students must pass all courses with a grade of B or higher.
 B
Independent reviews/reflections on at least eight (8)
works of international/cultural media, including at least
four (4) books (fiction and non-fiction).
 C
Co-curricular and Other School-Sponsored Activities.
 D
Community Service: A minimum of twenty (20) hours
of work connected to a global community or to a global
 Schools need to submit their plan for the GEAC to the
DPI. (Approval form here)
 Once approved, schools and school districts are
authorized to administer the program locally. They
may award the distinction of Wisconsin Global
Scholar to students who have successfully completed
all requirements.
 Schools appoint a coordinator for the GEAC who tracks
student progress and serves as an advisor for this
 School participation in the GEAC program is
 Participation in the GEAC program is anticipated to
grow over time.
 Leadership by example will encourage more schools to
 DPI will develop a website to share positive examples
and success stories similar to the Global Wisconsin
 The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate has
been endorsed by:
 The State Superintendent’s Statewide International Education
The Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT)
Global Wisconsin, Inc.
The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators
The Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA)
The Wisconsin Association of School Curriculum Directors
The Wisconsin School Board Association (WASB)
Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce (WMC)
The Wisconsin Technology Council
 Wisconsin Public Radio
 Wisconsin State Journal
 Education Week
 “Wisconsin will start to offer high school students a Global
Education Achievement Certificate to those who successfully
complete coursework and co-curricular experiences that foster the
development of global competencies. This is the first program of its
 School administrators and community leaders in
support of international education.
 What Wisconsin’s employers say:
 Contact: Gerhard Fischer,
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
[email protected]

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